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Supreme Court hearings could be held in shipping containers

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Supreme Court hearings in the ACT could be held in shipping containers for a period of time between 2016 and 2018. This is the time estimated to complete the new development for the Supreme Court precinct in the ACT. The need to keep courts operational during the construction phase of the new development may mean that a “pop-up court” will be required. In fact $4.2 million has been set aside for a temporary court option should the need arise, according to ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell.

Mr Corbell has said that Shipping containers were used successfully following the 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, when a temporary court facility needed to be deployed. The Cashel Mall in Christchurch was also reopened with colourful, temporary shipping containers allowing shops and cafes to operate (see above image).

The Supreme Court redevelopment is expected to be completed by 2018 and will connect to the existing Magistrates court, creating one single building. The new Supreme Court will include eight courtrooms, five jury deliberation rooms, a secure jury reception and orientation area, combined holding cells, a single secure public-entry point, facilities for children and vulnerable witnesses and a café.

Last modified on Monday, 29 June 2015 13:35

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